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English Ivy Seeds: Complete Buying & Grow Guide

English Ivy is a beautiful plant that constantly reminds me of the houses in the south of France, which has ivies all around the homes. 

Due to its undeniable charm, I wanted to incorporate them into my house.

Full-grown plants can be expensive, so I tried to propagate them via seeds and was astounded to see how simple it was.

In general, you can extract English Ivy seeds from ripe berries. Additionally, to germinate the extracted seeds, follow with a dry stratification process for 2 months and soak them for 24 hours before germination. Remove the excess water, and the swelled-up seeds will be ready to germinate.

English Ivy hanging in a beautiful white pot
English Ivy hanging in a beautiful white pot (Source: plants.com)

As easy as it sounds, there are various things you should consider to make them grow into lush, long plants.

Read on to learn how easy it is to extract and propagate the seeds.

Overview of English Ivy Seeds

English Ivy seeds are the same size as the coffee beans and look like coffee.

The berries of English Ivy contain the seed that usually grows in the summer and includes 2-3 seeds in each berry.

Let us look at a quick overview of English Ivy seeds.

ColorBrown to Blackish
Size5.7 × 3.7 mm
ShapeRound
Weight281.5 mg
Harvest SeasonLate winter or early spring
BlossomSmall greenish-white flowers
Blooming SeasonSpring to fall
PatternGlobular cluster of berries
Conducive temperature20 degrees Celsius
Germination Time3 to 4 weeks

The seeds of English Ivy have a short life span and do not form a persistent seed bank.

Hence, we cannot save the seeds of English Ivy for a long time as the seeds will not germinate if they are too old.

How do you Get English Ivy Seeds?

English Ivy produces blue-black berry, which is almost spherical in clusters. It doesn’t ripen until late winter or early spring.

These berries contain the seed needed for propagation.

The fruit is a drupe that looks like a berry and turns from green to dull bluish-purple or black as it matures.

When it matures, it is the sign to pick them. This matured berry is the indication that it can produce good seeds.

Likewise, there should be a proper environment for them to produce berries. It needs to be in the bright indirect sunlight.

Similarly, keep the roots in a well-drained pot to avoid the roots damage.

English Ivy Berries Ripening
Ivy Berries Ripening (Source: Geograph)

If you take proper care of them, you will be able to see the berries and, eventually, the seeds.

Another way to get lots of blooms is to use bloom booster fertilizer. This fertilizer will speed up the blooming process.

English Ivy Seed For Sale

You can buy English Ivy seeds in varieties of online shops. Some of them are listed in the table.

Online StoreDelivery Period
SheffeildsCan vary according to the location
ebayWithin Six to nine days
AmazonWithin two to six days
Hobby SeedsDelivery within two days

Steps to Extract English Ivy Seeds

To extract the seeds, you will need some essential tools. The necessary tools and its specification are listed below.

ToolsSpecification
GlovesUse gloves to protect your hands from messiness
Pruning ScissorPruning scissor is rust and dirt proof which will make sure your seeds will be germinated and are not effected by any harmful substances
Paper towelPut seeds in a paper towel as it will absorb the excess water
ContainersContainers to keep the extracted seeds safely

You can easily extract the English Ivy’s seed. Follow the following steps to remove the seeds from the English Ivy Plant.

  • Firstly, you can pick English Ivy berries when they are ripe and ready to drop naturally from the plant.
  • Choose the ripest fruit to extract.
  • You do not have to wait for the berries to dry to extract the seeds.
  • Uncover thick skin from English Ivy berries.
English Ivy berries
English Ivy berries (Source: Sheffields)
  • After uncovering the skin, you will have 2-3 seeds which you can germinate.
  • Wash the seed to remove any pulp.
  • Rinse the seeds and soak them in warm water for 24 hours to soften the hard outer layer.
  • Refrigerate them for one to two months for better growth, and plant them during spring.

Steps to Propagate English Ivy Via Seeds

After extracting the seeds from the berries, you can follow the steps below to propagate the English Ivy.

Step 1: Prepare the Seed

Firstly, it would be best if you started with the dry stratification. It is a process of speeding the germination process by refrigerating the seeds.

English Ivy seeds should be kept in the Ziploc bag with a handful of moist sand in the refrigerator for 60 days, replicating the plant’s natural cycle.

Check them occasionally and add a few drops of water if the soil is too dry.

Before sowing, you must soak them in warm water for a whole night and start the germination process. Soaking will help with better germination. 

Step 2: Germinate the Seeds

The best time to germinate the seeds is in the spring.

The next step is to germinate them. Use disinfected germination tray to prevent seeds from fungal diseases.

Then, put them in the seed tray with highly fertilized organic soil. However, you must ensure you are not sowing the seeds any deeper than one inch.

Place the seed in the center of each section of the seed tray. Use the tip of your finger to push it gently. However, do not cover the seed with the soil.

small plants growing from the seeds
Plants growing from the Seeds (Source: Texas Wesleyan University)

Water the seeds sparingly with the spray immediately to moisten them, but do not overwater them.

Similarly, if you are planting them in a dry climate, make sure you use a thick layer of mulch to keep the soil moist and prevent it from drying.

English Ivy Seedling growing
English Ivy Seedling Growing (Source: Unsplash)

To see the seedlings sprout, you have to put them at temperatures of 20°C, and it takes between 3 to 4 weeks to see the sprout.

Take care of the plant by regularly spraying them with water to help them grow. When they are 5 to 6 inches tall, the seedlings are ready to go into the garden.

However, if you live in a cold area and want to plant them outside, keep them in frost-free areas as it can kill the plant.

Plant them 18 to 24 inches apart for more dense coverage or 2 to 4 feet apart for less dense coverage.

Step 3: Transplant the Sprouts

Lastly, transplant the seedlings into the clay or plastic pot or directly place them in your garden.

Make sure you handle them with care when transferring and not break the root.

Potting mix by a man using gloves
Potting mix for English Ivy (Source: Pexels)

Plant the English Ivy Seed in the container if you don’t want it to be invasive.

The container should be wide and shallow, with holes in the bottom for proper drainage.

You can use a hanging pot or a pot with a stake for vertical climbing.

Make sure the outside temperature is 20 degrees celsius and partial shade when you plant English ivy in your garden.

Finally, when you transfer them to the pot or garden, shower them with plenty of water.

Care Tips for English Ivy Seeds During Germination

English Ivy is easy to care for and does not require out-of-the-ordinary care. 

Below are some tips that helped when I was propagating my English Ivy Seeds.

  • Plant them in a well-drained container as they cannot grow if it is too soggy for a long time.
  • Place the seed tray where it gets plenty of bright indirect light.
Sunlight-and-location-of-the-plant
Bright Indirect Light (Source: Youtube)
  • However, it should not get direct sunlight as it can make the leaves wilt and burn.
  • Please do not put them near a windowsill where it gets direct sunlight through the glass.
  • You have to make sure the soil is well fertilized using 20-20-20 fertilizer. 
  • Use a mister to avoid overwatering during the germination process.
  • English Ivy needs high humidity during the propagation process; you can keep them in the greenhouse or use a humidifier to boost the process.
  • Maintain the temperature range of 18-23°C during germination.
  • If you live in a colder climate, it is better to use a heating pad to boost germination.

Related Article: Best Soil and Fertilizer for English Ivy

Care Tips for English Ivy Seeds After Germination

Germination of the seeds does not mean you will be guaranteed a lush plant.

You should remember certain things after the germination process that will help the plant grow.

  • English Ivy likes a humid temperature, so try to increase the humidity of a room with a humidifier or pebble tray if you have a dry room.
  • If the plant starts to wilt, increase the humidity. A plant may need more humidity if its leaves are yellow or limp.
  • Please keep them in bright indirect light as they might get sun damaged in the direct sun.
Spray water to your plants for increasing humidity
Spray water to your plants for increasing humidity (Source: Pexels)
  • Once your English ivy has started growing, you can fertilize it with high nitrogen water-soluble fertilizer every two months during the growing season.
  • Water your English Ivy when the top inch is dry. Water them twice a week during summer and cut back on watering during winter.
  • Too dry or too moist soil can attract pests and damage the plant. Keep your eyes on tiny pests like Mealybugs, mites, aphids, whiteflies and scales, and other fungal infections.
  • Remove the infected leaves and treat the young infected plant with insecticides and fungicides.
  • You can also use neem oil or horticultural oil to get rid of pests and prevent fungal infections.

Watch the video to get more care tips,

Conclusion

Growing English Ivy in my garden is one of my favorite things to do because it fills in all the bare spots on the ground and gives my garden a lush, natural appearance.

They are not difficult to grow, but they require attention and care.

Additionally, you can grow English Ivy from seeds. However, you will need some patience as it is a slow process.

You can quickly grow a healthy, lush English Ivy plant with the techniques mentioned above.

All it takes is a little bit of your love and care and some patience.

And hey, do not forget to keep your pets away from English ivy.

Happy Gardening!

You may be interested in reading; 8 Important Benefits of English Ivy

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